Kuwait said it has started cutting oil output ahead of May 1, the date when suppliers worldwide plan to start slashing production to counter a devastating glut.\r\nThe fourth-biggest member of OPEC \u201cfelt responsibility to respond to market conditions and acted on its own, Oil Minister Khaled Al-Fadhel said, according to the official Kuwait News Agency. He didn\u2019t specify whether Kuwait has reduced production by the full amount it pledged to cut, or only part of it.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nKuwait is the first major producer in the Persian Gulf, the world\u2019s most prolific oil-producing region, to announce that it\u2019s pumping less oil ahead of schedule. Like other members of the so-called OPEC+ coalition, it committed to pare production by 23 percent starting from May 1. Kuwait made a \u201csovereign decision and wasn\u2019t pressured to reduce output early,\u201d Al-Fadhel said.\r\n\r\nUS crude prices have plunged 74 percent this year amid a swelling glut and the coronavirus pandemic\u2019s destruction of fuel demand. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers such as Russia agreed earlier in April to curtail collective output by 9.7 million barrels a day beginning next month.\r\n\r\nActing alone\r\nMedia officials at Saudi Aramco, the kingdom\u2019s state-run producer, declined to comment when asked on Wednesday whether the company planned to reduce output before May 1. Iraq, OPEC\u2019s second-biggest producer after Saudi Arabia, doesn\u2019t plan to start cutting ahead of schedule, said Alaa Al-Yasiri, acting director-general of the state-run Oil Marketing Co.\r\nOfficials at the energy ministry in the United Arab Emirates, OPEC\u2019s third-largest member, weren\u2019t immediately available to comment.\r\nAmong producers outside the Gulf, Algeria notified OPEC+ ministers during informal talks on April 21-22 that its supply cuts would start immediately, according to a delegate who asked not to be identified. Nigeria is reducing output because it has nowhere to store crude, the Premium Times reported Wednesday.\r\nKuwait\u2019s Al-Fadhel said it was important that all parties to the OPEC+ oil-cuts agreement honor their commitments.